If you are planning to visit Portugal, then you should certainly add Douro Valley to your itinerary. This region is located in the north of Portugal.There are 12 wine producing regions in Portugal and Douro is one of them. Douro river flows in the valley. It is the third biggest river in Portugal.
We took a full day trip to Douro valley from Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. It takes approximately 90 minutes to reach the valley’s capital Peso da Regua.
Our full day trip was inclusive of a visit to the beautiful village of pinhao. A highlight is the Pinhao train station, known for its beautiful blue and white murals that depict the picturesque Douro landscapes. The trip also included a traditional Portuguese lunch.
After lunch our trip took us to two family run wine estates nestled in the gorgeous countryside. We learnt about the local winemaking and sampled the various types of port and table wine.
There is also an option of a boat ride with the trip. It is a leisurely one hour cruise along the Douro river on a traditional boat known as Rabelo boat.
Douro valley is one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. We were enchanted by the scenic beauty of the valley. This region is considered a world heritage site.
Not only did we feast our eyes on the beautiful valley we also learnt about wine, especially port wine. The vineyards we visited were family owned and not the big company owned ones. Hence it was special. Our first wine tasting was at D’Origem in Pinhao. It is a fourth generation family owned winery. Currently Mr. Paulo is the owner. I especially loved the Velha Geracao Grand Reserva. This wine is a definite must-try for all wine connoisseurs.
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Our second wine tasting was held in the owner’s living room. That lovely house was built in 1856. It was a typical Portuguese house, it had a chapel too. We had a personal and authentic experience. An unforgettable and an amazing experience.
We had an amazing tour guide named Pedro (Cool Tour) he was a wealth of information about the Douro valley, the wine and the Portugal history.
I would recommend everyone to go on a small group tour for a more personalized experience. The small group tour is limited to eight people.